Category Archives: Letters

Open Letter To The Prime Minister Regarding BJP’s Threats To Women

OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER, SHRI NARENDRA MODI
Feb 3, 2020
VOTE FOR BJP OR YOU WILL GET RAPED? IS THIS YOUR MESSAGE TO DELHI’S WOMEN?
YOUR PARTY IS ALSO EXHORTING MOBS TO AIM BULLETS AT WOMEN & CHILDREN.
PLEASE STOP YOUR PARTY FROM THREATENING WOMEN WITH VIOLENCE.
FIGHT THE ELECTION UPHOLDING THE DIGNITY OF OUR CONSTITUTION.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
We speak to you as women of this country, and the women of Delhi – Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Adivasi and Dalit – who are horrified at the atmosphere of violence against women that members of your party have created merely to try and win an election.

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Open Letter To The Woman Complainant In The CJI Sexual Harassment Case

To the complainant in the CJI sexual harassment case:

We stand by you and your demands to seek justice

Dear friend,

For the past month, we have been public witnesses to the unjust harassment faced by you and your family since the sexual harassment complaint against the current Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi went public.

As women and people belonging to marginalised castes, classes, communities, genders, sexualities and nationalities; as survivors of everyday gendered discrimination, harassment and violence, we at WSS write this open letter to you to say that we will work with you to ensure that due process is followed and that all institutions are held accountable, even at the highest court of the country. Continue reading

Open Letter To Chief Minister, West Bengal

To,

The Chief Minister,

West Bengal

Madam,

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), a nationwide network of women who oppose and resist state repression and sexual violence against women and girls, strongly condemns your government’s anti-people, anti-democratic actions in unleashing state terror against the struggling people of Bhangor.

Madam, your misuse of state power to crush a people’s movement is even more ironic, given that you came into power on the promise of a pro-people, democratic government. Instead, in the eight years of your rule, your government has grown ever more autocratic and anti-people. Continue reading

Memorandum to the Chhattisgarh CM

To
Sh. Raman Singh,
The Chief Minister,
Chhattisgarh.

(Through the Resident Commissioner of Chhattisgarh Bhawan, New Delhi)

Dt. 22nd February, 2016
Sir,

The attack on Soni Sori is part of a larger campaign of State violence in Bastar; Under the guise of anti-Naxal operations, the security forces are indulging in rape and plunder. Teams of women activists have documented three cases of mass sexual violence in the past three months, where security forces have entered villages in Sukma and Bijapur- stripping women, conducting gangrapes, looting their food supplies, and destroying their homes and granaries. The number of “encounters” is increasing, people are “disappearing” from villages, only to show up in the list of “surrendered” or “arrested” Naxalites several days later as press clippings and testimonies recount. The local police and administration are talking in one voice of “clearing” the area within one year. Continue reading

Resisting Caste & Patriarchy: Building Alliances – WSS National Seminar

NEW DELHI
10-11 DECEMBER 2015

Savitri Bai Phule, Jyotiba Phule, B R Ambedkar and ER Periyar were among the first to show how upper caste maintains its dominance through the structures of marriage and family to uphold Brahmanical hegemony and keep women in a subordinate position. The struggle against patriarchy and religious orthodoxy is yet to draw substantially from this legacy to redefine feminism in the Indian context.

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) would like to discuss what people’s movements and democratic movements, especially the women’s movement, have to say in relation to the “annihilation of caste” in the context of both work and vision in contemporary times. WSS invites you to this two-day seminar that will be addressed by activists, writers and academics.

Kindly keep yourselves free to attend this seminar as your participation is invaluable to us all in WSS, Delhi. We will send more details very soon.
In solidarity,
Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression